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Cullen, John 1942-

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Works: 47 works in 210 publications in 1 language and 17,859 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Military history  Suspense fiction  Spy stories  Epistolary fiction 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author
Classifications: PQ3989.2.K386, 843.92
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Publications about John Cullen
Publications by John Cullen
Most widely held works by John Cullen
The swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 2,127 libraries worldwide
This novel is an astounding tale of love and sacrifice in the horrific and inhumane Taliban regime. How do you survive in a world where you can be beaten up for laughing with your husband? What kind of life can you live when everything has been taken away from you? Where the Taliban rule, love between a man and a woman, joy, music, freedom have been banned, replaced by violence and hatred, all in the name of God. Mosheen and Zunaira had everything going for them before. He was going to become a diplomat, she was a magistrate, they came from wealthy families and married young. They've lost everything: their parents are dead, their house destroyed, Zunaira is not allowed to work and has to wear the hated Burkha to go out. Atiq, a Russian war veteran, now works part-time as a prison jailer. His wife Musarrat is dying of an unknown illness. He is drained by his love and pain for her, her efforts to please him, her slow agony. All around them are men with certainties, ready to lapidate a woman or divorce a dying wife. This harsh world is driving the two couples mad. One day, Mosheen convinces Zunaira to go out with him. At first she resists him. Then she gives way. This outing and its disastrous consequences entwine the fates of the two couples. It is the affirmation of love and sacrifice against the prevailing inhumanity
The attack by Yasmina Khadra( Book )
13 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,337 libraries worldwide
During the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, unlikely to satisfy partisans on either side of the issue, Dr. Amin Jaafari is a man caught between two worlds; he's a Bedouin Arab surgeon struggling to integrate himself into Israeli society. The balancing act becomes impossible when the terrorist responsible for a suicide bombing that claims 20 lives, including many children, is identified as Jaafari's wife by the Israeli police. Jaafari's disbelief that his secular, loving spouse committed the atrocity is overcome when he receives a letter from her posthumously. In an effort to make sense of her decision, Jaafari plunges into the Palestinian territories to discover the forces that recruited her
The sirens of Baghdad : a novel by Yasmina Khadra( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 980 libraries worldwide
Forced to leave the university when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man from a small desert village heads for Baghdad to join the resistance, until a top secret mission forces him to reconcile a proposed terrorist act with his own moral principles
The day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman Empire by Alessandro Barbero( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 921 libraries worldwide
Offers a close-up look at the Battle of Adrianople in 378 A.D., which led to a disastrous defeat of the Roman army by a barbarian horde led by Fritigern, a battle that marked the beginning of the end for the Roman Empire
Follow your heart by Susanna Tamaro( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 893 libraries worldwide
In a series of letters, Olga, an elderly Italian woman, writes to her teenaged granddaughter in America, trying to encourage her independence and self-fulfillment as she relates the painful lessons of her own life and that of her daughter
The Meursault investigation by Kamel Daoud( Book )
8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 877 libraries worldwide
"This response to Camus's The Stranger is at once a love story and a political manifesto about post-colonial Algeria, Islam, and the irrelevance of Arab lives. He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling's memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name--Musa--and describes the events that led to Musa's casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach. Harun is an old man tormented by frustration. In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. The Stranger is of course central to Daoud's novel, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Mersault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice."--
April in Paris by Michael Wallner( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 858 libraries worldwide
Working as an interpreter at Gestapo headquarters in occupied Paris, Roth, a young German soldier, falls in love with Chantal, the daughter of an antiquarian bookshop owner, and finds himself on the opposite side of his Nazi colleagues
The secret in their eyes by Eduardo A Sacheri( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 627 libraries worldwide
Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge
Brodeck : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 605 libraries worldwide
A murder investigation in post-war France becomes an exploration of the legacy of German occupation
The Russian affair by Michael Wallner( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 590 libraries worldwide
When Anna begins an affair with the powerful Soviet official, Alexey Bulyagkov, her life begins to look a little bit brighter. But soon her romance comes to the notice of the KGB, and she's forced to spy on him to protect her family
Don't move by Margaret Mazzantini( Book )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
In a confession to his comatose daughter, a respected surgeon recounts how he entered into an obsessive extramarital affair with the girl's mother and committed an act of unbridled rage that resulted in her conception
Lies : a novel by Enrique de Hériz( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 519 libraries worldwide
An intricately wrought, multilayered novel, "Lies" ranges from the present to deep in the past. Told through two narratives, the stories are both brutal and exciting. Together these stories illuminate the importance of storytelling in shaping beliefs about families and their histories
The investigation : a novel by Philippe Claudel( Book )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 501 libraries worldwide
A dystopian critique of the darkly comic nature of the human condition follows an unremarkable man's investigation into a series of suicides in a sprawling complex of an unnamed town, where he is hampered by rudeness, regulations, and a growing sense that he is being watched
Miral by Rula Jebreal( Book )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 498 libraries worldwide
In 1948, Hind Husseini establishes a school for refugee Palestinian girls in East Jerusalem, and years later, amid ongoing conflict, finds herself in a desperate struggle to save young Miral as she is drawn to join the intifada
Happy are the happy by Yasmina Reza( Book )
3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 485 libraries worldwide
This citation of Borges resonates with every character in Yasmina Reza's novel, except that they are never so lucky. In fact, what happens to them is the exact opposite of what they crave. The twenty short chapters that make up this unusual book deal with both marital and extramarital vicissitudes, the elusiveness of intimacy, the fear of loneliness, and the desire to be loved or at least understood just once in our lives. The mixing of tones--cruelty and despair competing with humor and fantasy--and the quality of the monologues--taut and highly original--adds to the novel's virtuosity. This is without a doubt Reza's most accomplished work
The wrong blood : a novel by Manuel de Lope( Book )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 458 libraries worldwide
In the days before the Civil War, two women in the Basque Country in northern Spain conspire to commit a victimless crime
Villard : the life and times of an American titan by Alexandra Villard De Borchgrave( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 404 libraries worldwide
A biography of nineteenth-century financier Henry Villard details his 1853 arrival in New York from Germany, his role as a journalist and war correspondent during the Civil War, and his rise to financial success in the Gilded Era
The only son by Stéphane Audeguy( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 377 libraries worldwide
Audeguy resurrects Jean-Jacques Rousseau's forgotten brother in a picaresque tale that brings to life the secret world of 18th-century Paris
Shift : inside Nissan's historic revival by Carlos Ghosn( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 371 libraries worldwide
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Decompression : a novel by Juli Zeh( Book )
8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 300 libraries worldwide
"An explosive thriller about two couples who are caught in a web of conflicting passions while deep-sea diving off the beautiful Canary Islands; Sven Fiedler is a young lawyer in Germany who decides he's had enough. No more competing with coworkers for his boss's attention, no more flaunting this or that new purchase to keep his friends impressed, no more endless workweeks under fluourescent lights. So he withdraws from the bustle of modern life to the island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, where he and his girlfriend, Antje, establish a simpler routine. Sven sets up a business as a deep-sea diving instructor while Antje has her own real estate agency, and the two happily cater to tourists who come to bask in the warm sunshine and explore the silent, gleaming marine paradise that makes this island such a remarkable retreat. In November of 2011, two German tourists, Jola von der Pahlen and Theo Hast, engage Sven for an expensive two-week intensive diving experience. They stay in a guest house on Sven and Antje's property, and the two couples quickly become entangled in a mess of jealousies and suspicions. Sven is struck by Jola's beauty and her evident wealth. Theo quickly leaps to the conclusion that Sven and Jola are conspiring against him, but oddly, he seems to facilitate their affair rather than trying to stop it. Antje, looking on, grows increasingly wary of these particular clients. Shifting through various points of view, the reader is constantly kept guessing about who knows what, and more important, who is telling the truth. As the tension builds, it becomes increasingly clear that someone will meet a violent end, but a quiet one, down in the underwater world beneath the waves"--
 
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